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Kinze and Raven Partner to Develop Stand-Alone Monitor Solution
Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. has partnered with Raven Industries to develop a stand-alone monitor solution for Kinze's 4900 series planter, which will eliminate the need to rely on ISOBUS and other manufacturers' software.
"Offering our own monitor will make for a more simplified planter setup and provide increased monitor reliability,” says Susanne Veatch, Kinze vice president and chief marketing officer.
“We’re extremely excited to partner with a company as innovative as Kinze. The two companies share a vision in providing solutions to help growers meet the challenge of feeding a growing global population, all while making them more efficient across their entire operation,” says Matt Burkhart, vice president and general manager for Raven’s Applied Technology Division.
In addition to the stand-alone monitor solution, Kinze’s plan is to have the 4900 planter also support ISOBUS virtual terminals that meet Kinze’s requirements and pass Kinze's qualification tests.
Although features of the monitor have not yet been finalized, preliminary plans include a large, color, touchscreen monitor for all planter functions, a customizable screen layout, a screen within a screen to allow the farmer to monitor mapping, field coverage area, and planter functions at the same time. In addition, the monitor will have a dedicated CANbus line to prevent overloading issues.
This isn't the first collaboration between the two companies. Earlier this year, the pair announced that Raven will supply the electronics for Kinze's new electric multi-hybrid planter, which is in limited production for the spring 2015 planting season.